Analysis of RRB Officer (Scale I) Prelim exam held in September 2017

It has been reported that the online RRB Officer (Scale I) Prelim examination held in September 2017 (9th,10th& 16th Sep) was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. A similar trend was observed for all the exams held across all slots on these days.

A snap shot of the prelim exam is given below.

Duration of Exam 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Qs
Reasoning Ability 40 Qs
Total Qs 80 Qs

An analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

According to the feedback received from our students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as easy to moderate.

There were 15 questions on DI (which included one on table, one on line graph and one on pie chart). The questions on data given in table were quite lengthy and calculation based.

Individual questions in this section were based on topics like Ages, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Profit and Loss, Partnership, Probability and Mensuration. Students have informed us that these questions were a combo of easy and moderate ones. One needed a good command on fundamentals to attempt these questions successfully. There were 5 questions each on Approximations, Number Series and Quadratic Comparisons, all of which were easy to tackle.

Topic No of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table/Line/Pie chart) 15
Number Series (Missing number) 5
Individual Questions (Ages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Probability and Mensuration) 10
Approximations 5
Quadratic Comparisons 5

Reasoning Ability:

This section has been tagged as 'easy to moderate'.

There were 20 questions on Puzzles (Circular, Linear (Two row), Box puzzle and Date/Month based puzzle), and all of these questions can be labelled easy to moderate. Questions on Symbols Notations, Coding-Decoding and Deductions were easy to crack. No question was asked from topics like Blood relations and Direction sense.

Topic No of Qs
Puzzles (Linear, Circular, Box & Date / Month) 20
Deductions 5
Symbols Notations 5
Coding-Decoding 5
Miscellaneous (Letter Series, Word formation, Sequence etc..) 5

Overall, the paper can be rated slightly easier as compared to the same exam that was consucted in 2016.